MotoGP, Qatar GP: qualifiers cancelled, starting order to follow the FP times.

At 8:10 PM the news arrived: no bikes will go out on the track at Losail; the qualifiers will not be held. The circuit is in poor conditions, with parts completely dry and others flooded. For more than an hour the screens showed images of the tragicomical efforts of the stewards intent on trying to dry off the asphalt armed with large brooms. The problem is that the track has no drains for the water, so all the efforts were futile.

In the end, Race Direction made the decision that had seemed for some time to be the only reasonable one: all stopped and no qualifiers. To decide the starting grid order, the Free Practice combined times will be used for all three categories.

For tomorrow there shouldn’t be any programme changes with the races at 5 PM for Moto3, at 6:20 PM for Moto2 and at 8 PM for MotoGP.

The weather forecast is good for race day and everyone hopes it is accurate, given how Race Direction managed the situation today.

Grid line-up:

1.         Maverick Vinales      ESP     Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)

2.         Andrea Iannone       ITA      Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)

3.         Marc Marquez          ESP     Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)


4.         Johann Zarco FRA     Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)*

5.         Andrea Dovizioso     ITA      Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17)

6.         Scott Redding           GBR     Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16)

7.         Dani Pedrosa            ESP     Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)

8.         Jonas Folger GER      Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)*

9.         Cal Crutchlow           GBR     LCR Honda (RC213V)

10.      Valentino Rossi         ITA      Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)

11.      Danilo Petrucci         ITA      Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17)

12.      Jorge Lorenzo           ESP     Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17)

13.      Alvaro Bautista         ESP     Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP16)

14.      Loris Baz        FRA     Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15)

15.      Aleix Espargaro        ESP     Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)

16.      Jack Miller     AUS     Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)

17.      Karel Abraham         CZE     Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP15)

18.      Alex Rins        ESP     Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)*

19.      Tito Rabat      ESP     Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)

20.      Hector Barbera         ESP     Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16)

21.      Sam Lowes    GBR     Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*

22.      Pol Espargaro           ESP     Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16)

23.      Bradley Smith           GBR     Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 

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